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Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 12:15 pm
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert
Aristo Sham, Piano
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (3’)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Arr. Myra Hess (1890 – 1965)
Piano Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533/494 (18’)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (15’)
Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
Aristo Sham, born in Hong Kong, was first introduced to the piano at the age of three, and joined the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts at the age of six under the tutelage of Professor Eleanor Wong. He was a student at Harrow School in the UK, where he worked with Professor Colin Stone, and is currently pursuing BA/MMus degrees as a joint program at Harvard University and New England Conservatory, studying with Professor Victor Rosenbaum.
Having given concerts on five continents in countries ranging from Singapore and Argentina to Slovenia and Morocco, Mr. Sham has played for Prince Andrew at Windsor Castle, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of York, and the Queen of Belgium and President Hu of China on their respective visits to Hong Kong. He has also collaborated with orchestras such as the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and the Minnesota Orchestra.
Mr. Sham has won a number of international prizes, including First Prize and the Barenreiter Urtext Special Prize in the 10th Ettlingen International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Germany in 2006, First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in 2008, First Prize and two special prizes in the Minnesota International Junior Piano-e-Competition in 2011. More recently, he was awarded First Prize in the inaugural Viseu International Piano Competition in Portugal in 2015, First Prize in the Wideman International Piano Competition in 2015, First Prize in the PianoArts Competition in Milwaukee in 2016, and First Prize, and Best Performance of the Commissioned Work, in the New York International Piano Competition in 2016.
He was featured in the documentary ‘The World’s Greatest Musical Prodigies’, broadcast by Channel 4 in the UK, and was awarded a Fellowship with distinction in Piano Performance of the Royal Schools of Music (FRSM) in 2011.